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Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 237—Talk Is Cheap Edition. Ducey's Funding-Lite, Destructive Education Proposals.

I was with you, Frances, until you started pitching for Common Core.

Fully educated, fully professionalized teachers -- the kind we should continue recruiting to staff our classrooms -- do not need (and most I know do not want) a rigid straight jacket tying them to regulators' vision of what is appropriate to teach to every same-age cohort of kids in the United States.

Ever heard of Vygotsky's zone of proximal development? You determine where a particular cohort is and gear instruction to meet that cohort where they are, taking them from point A to point B or from point B to point C. Leaping from point A to point Z is impossible and expecting it is abusive of both the teachers and the students in question. But it is exactly those kinds of leaps that are prescribed by rigid, top down, uniform standards like Common Core that are developed at a considerable distance from those on whom they will be imposed and do not acknowledge real and important differences between cohorts living in radically different circumstances throughout the US.

Children are not widgets, and their learning cannot be manufactured according to specifications determined by authorities with no direct knowledge of the characteristics of the groups in question.

"..the larger and more authoritarian an organization, the better the chance that its top decision-makers will be operating in purely imaginative worlds." Kenneth Boulding

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Posted by Yes to credentialing standards, no to Common Core. on 01/13/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 237—Talk Is Cheap Edition. Ducey's Funding-Lite, Destructive Education Proposals.

You should allow a place for high achievers who will be competing in the global race. After all, they will be the ones subsidizing those who are not able to achieve.

60% of Households Now Receive More in Subsidized Income Than they Pay in Taxes - REDISTRIBUTION OF INCOME!
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-11-18/6…

And everyone balked at "47%". Try 80% dependent on 20%. Do you really think that a country can achieve anything at that point?

Teacher training? They need to take a Non Violent Physical Intervention class so that a teacher knows how to handle "Special Behavioral Problem" students when she is attacked! I had such training and after retirement went back to Substitute. As a SUB (because of this training), I was required to "follow" ONE student all day long to keep him from attacking other students and teachers while holding onto my hair and scalp! Education has been reduced to this a dumping ground for parents who didn't particularly want kids but needed the deduction!

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Posted by Postimpressionist on 01/13/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 237—Talk Is Cheap Edition. Ducey's Funding-Lite, Destructive Education Proposals.

We have a shortage of doctors in rural areas of the State. Let's just relax regulations on doctors or allow Cochise or Mohave Counties to just write their own regulations on doctors. This will solve the shortage problem. Right, Kelli Ward? It's similar to those who hated Common Core standards. When they were asked to specify which standard was most in error, of course none of them had ever read the damn things. So Arizona changes a couple of minor standards, slaps a new label on them and magically, Arizona Standards, none of those pointy headed standards from Obama. Works the same with doctors. What could go wrong.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 01/13/2017 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 235 — State of the State Edition. Great Ideas! Terrific Ideas! Wallet Still Safely Stowed in Back Pocket.

That Ms. Putnam-Hidalgo and Stegeman -- both strong critics of the three person majority that was in place in TUSD 2012-2016 -- want to attribute Pedicone's resignation to the results of the 2012 election that put this majority in place is not a surprise.

For the record:

Pedicone's contract extension was signed in August of 2012. The election that changed the TUSD Board majority to Grijalva-Foster-Juarez occurred in early November 2012 and Foster and Juarez assumed office in January of 2013. Pedicone's resignation letter was dated March 20, 2013, more than four months after the results of the election were clear.

The Star article on the resignation stated, "Pedicones resignation from Tucsons largest K-12 school district [...] is effective at the end of June more than one year before his contract is set to expire. The announcement, made Wednesday at Tucson Unified School District headquarters, came as a surprise to many as Pedicone has repeatedly voiced his commitment to TUSD despite its many challenges."
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/pedicone-resigns-tusd-to-launch-immediate-search-for-new-leader/article_c1e50118-9188-11e2-ac5c-0019bb2963f4.html

The public statements made about the resignation, including the resignation letter

http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/d2/1d262a68-9191-11e2-a919-001a4bcf887a/514a089f4ceb2.pdf.pdf

do not make clear what specifically motivated the resignation, which is common in statements of this kind. Nothing in the letter and nothing in the timeline leading to the resignation determines that the resignation was necessarily a reaction to the change in the governing board majority.

A lot can happen in four and a half months. I see no reason to disqualify the assertions that have been made by more than one person close to top-level TUSD decision makers -- assertions made independently of one another, on separate occasions, and with no knowledge of what the other parties making the same assertion had said -- that the largest factor in Pedicone's resignation decision was Stegeman's behavior between August of 2012 and March of 2013.

In closing, it's worth noting that there is at least one factual error in Ms. Putnam-Hidalgo's post. She states, "Pedicone[...] saw a compliant board quickly flip to one that was, at least during the campaign, completely opposed to his major contributions to TUSD-- [including] school closures...A few years into the new Supe... those same candidates were [...] allowing school closures to proceed."

It was not years after coming on the Board and after the Sanchez administration was in place that the new members (Foster and Juarez) reversed their positions on school closings. It was immediately after they came on the Board, before Pedicone's resignation. The Board voted for the closings in December 2012, immediately before they joined, the desegregation authority approved the closings in February 2013, immediately after they joined, and the new majority made no move to stop or revise the closings asked for by Pedicone's administration and approved by the previous Board and the desegregation authority. The closings occurred between the 2012-2013 school year and the 2013-2014 school year, just as Pedicone stepped out of the Superintendency and as Sanchez assumed the role.
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/us-judge-gives-tusd-go-ahead-to-close-schools-cites/article_6a8a16dc-6476-51a3-8923-1a4676a8fed4.html

It may be true that the PCDP operation has demonized Stegeman, but it is unfortunately also true that others, in opposing PCDP's view, have been led to view him in a more positive light than a careful examination of his behaviors in office would suggest is deserved. Those who've watched the district's recent history without a revisionist impulse and wishful thinking coloring their judgments know that it will be important to keep a very close eye on what Stegeman does with his role, going forward.

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Posted by For the Record: Pedicone & the 2012 Board Transition on 01/13/2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “The Skinny

"This proposed rule change would make it easier to implement this plan by allowing the Congress to give away every single piece of property we own, for free, and pretend we have lost nothing of any value. Not only is this fiscally irresponsible, but it is also a flagrant attack on places and resources valued and beloved by the American people."

This has become to be recognized as the liberal/progressive mantra. Much like "police brutality" that is yelled after every suspicious stop. Of suspicious activities.

His concern is that the value (to the federal government) has been lost.

You sir have put us $20T in debt. What would you know about value? You don't value all the funds already confiscated from hard working citizens.

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Posted by Save The People on 01/13/2017 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 237—Talk Is Cheap Edition. Ducey's Funding-Lite, Destructive Education Proposals.

...and certification makes an attempt to complete an in depth training to prepare teachers for harsh realities?

Spoken like a true union member and/or educational elitists. Nobody else could possibly be smart enough to handle the rigors of daily life.

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Posted by TUSD should be ashamed on 01/13/2017 at 9:48 AM

Re: “The Weekly List: 23 Things To Do In the Next 10 Days

Go see J Boog you will not regret it, unless you're really into country or metal and nothing else =)

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Posted by desertrat on 01/13/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Cannabis and cancer

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Posted by Sussy Dei on 01/13/2017 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Cash the Crops

Nick Meyers; Interesting dimensional view of the potential marijuana/hemp revenues and markets.

Had 205 passed we would of had a negotiated medical marijuana division of the Department of Health. Much like market forces competing against one another. If we limit this, it will impact that, so we can study and divert upon need. >> SAME?

So many ask then what would be the needs. DUH! Really? Cash flow and market expansion and availability of market limit competition.
Stifle, control outside interference collaborate with interstate economic federally illegal organizations against commerce laws build immune banking away from federal oversight.

There is no mention of all of these that have their hands in the cookie jar. Let's keep the jar called medical that is really the only way till the feds change. 205 was a market control travesty. We watch what happens in other states how it is administered through multiple existing state agencies. Not this GORILLA called the " Department of Marijuana License and Controls"

WHICH NO OTHER STATE HAS LEGALIZED I SUCH A RECLUSIVE GOVERNMENTAL SEGREGATED WAY AS 205 WANTED TO DO.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 01/13/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 237—Talk Is Cheap Edition. Ducey's Funding-Lite, Destructive Education Proposals.

You are absolutely right David! Giving districts the authority to relax teacher certification will tempt some districts to follow the path of least resistance and hire non-professionals who will not contribute to increases in achievement. Teachers today are forced to deal with a multitude of harsh realities that are challenging even for certified, highly skilled and seasoned professionals Expecting those with no expertise to do the same is crazy!

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Posted by Linda Lyon on 01/13/2017 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Not Going Anywhere

Not to worry.
The "dream" is over in 8 days!

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Posted by Juan Valdez on 01/13/2017 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Not Going Anywhere

The answer to world poverty and oppression is not for everyone to move to the United States. There are probably 3 billion people on Earth just as deserving as the people written about in the article. Obviously they can't all move here. More poor people are born every year than currenly immigrate to the United States.
Besides, why is the United States a safe place to move to? The rule of law. What does illegal immigration degrade? The rule of law. Whoops!
But the folks who write these articles get to feel good about themselves without actually doing any hard work and that's what liberalism is all about.

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Posted by bslap on 01/13/2017 at 6:39 AM

Re: “Dust Devil

What a remarkable tribute...

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Posted by mlg on 01/13/2017 at 3:05 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

Heuisler: You are obviously unable to read an article in context. The section you quoted was describing America of Sanger's era - not Sanger. Sad!

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Posted by JJ Markx on 01/12/2017 at 11:37 PM

Re: “Trump Is Going to Fall, Hard, Sometime During the Primaries

and tomorrow is Friday the 13th...funny little thing happened along the way...they accepted my bid on the property in Mexico...now I hope they hurry up and build the wall and keep the crazies out. Hope to be moved in two months.

Posted by hakeson on 01/12/2017 at 10:49 PM

Re: “Trump Is Going to Fall, Hard, Sometime During the Primaries

hail to the chief

President Trump is here

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Posted by Steve Kozachek on 01/12/2017 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Not Going Anywhere

If I were a citizen of a foreign country and I wanted to move to the USA why should I go through the trouble and cost of legal immigration when there are all these gullible cities offering defacto citizenship for breaking the law?
Why? There is a good reason Tucson has become a political and economic backwater, truly we are the Detroit of the southwest.

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Posted by Frank Stagg on 01/12/2017 at 8:28 PM

Re: “Community Connections

Engel has always been an inspiration to me, as a fellow Veteran. He has the heart and spirit as an angel. A true philanthropist and all around good person. He deserves everything good that comes to him. I know he will always do right by anyone he comes in contact with.

Dallas

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Posted by Dallas Day on 01/12/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Well then I hope I don't go too far by criticizing Neil Young just a bit. Pre CSN&Y.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK8mckAFBYY

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Posted by Larry McNeil on 01/12/2017 at 4:49 PM

Re: “TUSD Magnet Schools, Desegregation, and the Next Step

Mike N - You can not teach a person with an IQ of 87 Trigonometry. NO MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY YOU SPEND! "Glib and smug are not indicators of intelligence!" Neither is rejection of FACTS!

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Posted by Postimpressionist on 01/12/2017 at 4:40 PM

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